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Fiona Apple

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Fiona Apple demonstrates considerable talent on her debut album, Tidal, but it is unformed, unfocused talent. Her voice is surprisingly rich and supple for a teenager, and her jazzy, sophisticated piano playing also belies her age. Given the right material, such talents could have flourished, but she has concentrated on her own compositions, which are nowhere near as impressive as her musicianship. Most of Tidal is comprised of confessional singer/songwriter material, and while they strive to say something deep and important, much of the lyrics settle for clichés. Apple does have a handful of impressive songs on Tidal, like the haunting "Shadowboxer" and "Sullen Girl," but the gap between her performing talents and songwriting skills is too large to make the album anything more than a promising, and very intriguing, debut.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Sleep to Dream
00:04:08

Fiona Apple, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano - Andrew Slater, Producer - F. Apple, Composer, Lyricist - Jon Brion, Guitar, Piano, Vibraphone - Claude Achille, Engineer - Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Percussion - Brian Scheubel, Engineer - JIM WIRT, Engineer - NIKO BOLAS, Engineer - Troy Gonzales, Assistant Engineer - Al Sanderson, Assistant Engineer - Tom Banghart, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Dan Rothchild, Bass - Mark Endert, Recording Engineer

(P) 1996 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Sullen Girl
00:03:54

Fiona Apple, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Andrew Slater, Producer - F. Apple, Composer, Lyricist - Jon Brion, Guitar, Marimba, Vibraphone - Claude Achille, Engineer - Greg Leisz, Steel Guitar - Brian Scheubel, Engineer - Matt Chamberlain, Drums - JIM WIRT, Engineer - NIKO BOLAS, Engineer - Troy Gonzales, Assistant Engineer - Al Sanderson, Assistant Engineer - Tom Banghart, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Greg Richling, Bass - Mark Endert, Recording Engineer

(P) 1996 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Shadowboxer
00:05:24

Fiona Apple, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano - Andrew Slater, Producer - Danny Frankel, Drums - Claude Achille, Engineer - Jon Brion, Piano, Vibraphone - Brian Scheubel, Engineer - JIM WIRT, Engineer - NIKO BOLAS, Engineer - Troy Gonzales, Assistant Engineer - Al Sanderson, Assistant Engineer - Greg Richling, Bass - Tom Banghart, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Mark Endert, Recording Engineer

(P) 1996 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Criminal
00:05:41

Fiona Apple, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - Andrew Slater, Producer - Rob Laufer, Guitar - Claude Achille, Engineer - Matt Chamberlain, Drums - Brian Scheubel, Engineer - Patrick Warren, Piano - JIM WIRT, Engineer - NIKO BOLAS, Engineer - Troy Gonzales, Assistant Engineer - Dan Rothchild, Bass - Al Sanderson, Assistant Engineer - Tom Banghart, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Mark Endert, Recording Engineer

(P) 1996 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Slow Like Honey
00:05:56

Fiona Apple, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Andrew Slater, Producer - F. Apple, Composer, Lyricist - Claude Achille, Engineer - Danny Frankel, Drums - Jon Brion, Vibraphone - Brian Scheubel, Engineer - JIM WIRT, Engineer - NIKO BOLAS, Engineer - Troy Gonzales, Assistant Engineer - Greg Richling, Bass - Al Sanderson, Assistant Engineer - Tom Banghart, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Mark Endert, Recording Engineer

(P) 1996 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
The First Taste
00:04:46

Fiona Apple, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano - Andrew Slater, Producer - Jon Brion, Guitar, Marimba, Piano, Vibraphone - Claude Achille, Engineer - Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Percussion - Brian Scheubel, Engineer - JIM WIRT, Engineer - NIKO BOLAS, Engineer - Troy Gonzales, Assistant Engineer - Al Sanderson, Assistant Engineer - Tom Banghart, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Sara Lee, Bass - Mark Endert, Recording Engineer - George Black, Drum Programmer

(P) 1996 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Never Is a Promise
00:05:54

Fiona Apple, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist, Piano - Andrew Slater, Producer - Claude Achille, Engineer - Brian Scheubel, Engineer - Ralph Morrison, Violin - JIM WIRT, Engineer - Claudia Parducci, Violin - NIKO BOLAS, Engineer - Troy Gonzales, Assistant Engineer - Evan Wilson, Viola - Al Sanderson, Assistant Engineer - Larry Corbett, Cello - Tom Banghart, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Mark Endert, Recording Engineer

(P) 1996 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
The Child Is Gone
00:04:14

Fiona Apple, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - F. Apple, Composer, Lyricist - Greg Leisz, Steel Guitar - Matt Chamberlain, Drums - Dan Rothchild, Bass - Jon Brion, Harp - Andrew Slater, Producer - Claude Achille, Engineer - Brian Scheubel, Engineer - JIM WIRT, Engineer - NIKO BOLAS, Engineer - Troy Gonzales, Assistant Engineer - Al Sanderson, Assistant Engineer - Tom Banghart, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Mark Endert, Recording Engineer

(P) 1996 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Pale September
00:05:50

Fiona Apple, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Piano - Andrew Slater, Producer - F. Apple, Composer, Lyricist - Matt Chamberlain, Drums - Claude Achille, Engineer - Jon Brion, Piano, Vibraphone - Brian Scheubel, Engineer - JIM WIRT, Engineer - NIKO BOLAS, Engineer - Troy Gonzales, Assistant Engineer - Al Sanderson, Assistant Engineer - Sara Lee, Bass - Tom Banghart, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Mark Endert, Recording Engineer

(P) 1996 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Carrion
00:05:43

Fiona Apple, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Andrew Slater, Producer - F. Apple, Composer, Lyricist - Jon Brion, Guitar, Harp, Vibraphone - Claude Achille, Engineer - Matt Chamberlain, Drums, Percussion - Brian Scheubel, Engineer - JIM WIRT, Engineer - NIKO BOLAS, Engineer - Troy Gonzales, Assistant Engineer - Al Sanderson, Assistant Engineer - Dan Rothchild, Bass - Tom Banghart, Assistant Engineer - Ted Jensen, Mastering Engineer - Mark Endert, Recording Engineer

(P) 1996 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album review

Fiona Apple demonstrates considerable talent on her debut album, Tidal, but it is unformed, unfocused talent. Her voice is surprisingly rich and supple for a teenager, and her jazzy, sophisticated piano playing also belies her age. Given the right material, such talents could have flourished, but she has concentrated on her own compositions, which are nowhere near as impressive as her musicianship. Most of Tidal is comprised of confessional singer/songwriter material, and while they strive to say something deep and important, much of the lyrics settle for clichés. Apple does have a handful of impressive songs on Tidal, like the haunting "Shadowboxer" and "Sullen Girl," but the gap between her performing talents and songwriting skills is too large to make the album anything more than a promising, and very intriguing, debut.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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